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    Sweden Waives Document Control on Border With Denmark – Infrastructure Minister

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    Sweden’s government reversed on Tuesday document checks for passengers arriving in the country from Denmark by bus, ship or train, however, the document control on the borders, in general, as retained, Swedish Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson said Tuesday.

    STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) — In November 2015, the Swedish government introduced a temporary control on its borders due to the high influx of refugees into the country.

    "We think that it is a good decision in order to make trips for the passengers easier," Johansson said at a press briefing.

    One of the reasons behind the decision is a significant decrease in the flow of migrants into the country, Swedish Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman said at a briefing.

    Over the past several years, Sweden has experienced an influx of refugees fleeing hostilities in their homelands in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2015, Sweden received a record 163,000 asylum applications, of which 35,369 were from children without guardians. In 2016, the number of asylum applications dropped to 29,000.

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